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initiationceremony undergone by Hindu boys over the age of seven belonging to the highest three castes, marking the start of their formal education.
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-- Thus the following passage also, 'He without having made them undergo the upanayana (said) to them' (Ch.Up. V, 11, 7), shows that the upanayana is a well-established ceremony .
The Rajputs wear the sacred thread, but many of them have abandoned the proper _upanayana_ or thread ceremony, and simply invest boys with it at their marriage.
Nor does, in the fourth place, the scriptural rule about the upanayana-ceremony annul their title; for that ceremony merely subserves the study of the Veda, and to the gods the Veda is manifest of itself (without study).
/S/ûdra does not study the Veda, for such study demands as its antecedent the upanayana-ceremony, and that ceremony belongs to the three (higher) castes only.
That the/S/ûdras are not qualified, follows from that circumstance also that in different places of the vidyâs such ceremonies as the upanayana and the like are referred to.
The gallery is built in the Indo-Saracenic style and has artworks showing Basaveshwara's mother Madalambike worshipping Nandi, Basaveshwara rejecting upanayana, his journey from
This express statement of the upanayana having been omitted in a certain case shows it to be the general rule.] [Footnote 226: As the words stand in the original they might be translated as follows (and are so translated by the pûrvapakshin),